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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Quotes

47 of the best book quotes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  1. #1
    “Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.”
  2. #2
    “It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”
  3. #3
    “What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!”
    “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.”
  4. #4
    Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.
  5. #5
    He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.
  6. #6
    “You cannot pass,” he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. “I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.”
  7. #7
    It is not our part here to take thought only for a season, or for a few lives of Men, or for a passing age of the world. We should seek a final end of this menace, even if we do not hope to make one.
  8. #8
    “You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?”
    “No!” cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. “With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.” His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. “Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.”
  9. #9
    With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard’s knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. ‘Fly, you fools!’ he cried, and was gone.
  1. #10
    “I thought that Elves were all for moon and stars: but this is more elvish than anything I ever heard tell of. I feel as if I was inside a song, if you take my meaning.”
  2. #11
    “Sam is an excellent fellow, and would jump down a dragon’s throat to save you, if he did not trip over his own feet.”
  3. #12
    “‘Of course it is,‘” answered Sam. ‘But not alone. I’m coming too, or neither of us isn’t going. I’ll knock holes in all the boats first.‘”
  4. #13
    “Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend. In his aged face under great snowy brows his eyes were set like coals that could suddenly burst into fire.”
  5. #14
    “Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him.”
  6. #15
    “It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the Enemy, for good or for ill.”
  7. #16
    “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
  8. #17
    “Let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.”
  9. #18
    “And he that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”

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  1. #19
    “Elves seldom give unguarded advice, for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise.”
  2. #20
    “Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.”
  3. #21
    “Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”
  4. #22
    “Only a small part is played in great deeds by any hero.”
  5. #23
    “Home is behind, the world ahead,
    And there are many paths to tread
    Through shadows to the edge of night,
    Until the stars are all alight.”
  6. #24
    “Do not trouble your hearts overmuch with thought of the road tonight. Maybe the paths that you each shall tread are already laid before your feet, though you do not see them.”
  7. #25
    “It is wisdom to recognize necessity, when all other courses have been weighed, though as folly it may appear to those who cling to false hope. Well, let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of this malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it.”
  8. #26
    “But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know.”
  9. #27
    “Not all those who wander are lost.”
  1. #28
    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
  2. #29
    “Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”
  3. #30
    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
  4. #31
    “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
  5. #32
    “It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.”
  6. #33
    “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
  7. #34
    “The Road goes ever on and on
    Down from the door where it began,
    Now far ahead the Road has gone,
    And I must follow, if I can.”
  8. #35
    “Short cuts make long delays.”
  9. #36
    “The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”

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  1. #37
    ″‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.‘”
  2. #38
    “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost.”
  3. #39
    “I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
  4. #40
    “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.”
  5. #41
    “This is the Master-ring, the One Ring to rule them all. This is the One Ring that he lost many ages ago, to the great weakening of his power. He greatly desires it — but he must not get it.”
  6. #42
    ″‘And it is also said,’ answered Frodo: ‘Go not to the Elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.‘”
  7. #43
    “Oft in lies truth is hidden.”
  8. #44
    “Valour needs first strength, and then a weapon.”
  9. #45
    “Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
    Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
  10. #46
    “Such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”
  11. #47
    “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
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